Works by Matisse, Picasso, Miró, Louise Nevelson and Alex Katz hang on the walls of the 1939 Coconut Grove home of judge Pat Seitz and lawyer Alan Greer.And that's just in their old utility shed!
Oh I kid I kid, this is actually a pretty cool story:
The couple had the 36 kW LP gas generator installed because of health issues and concerns about power outages. But it was out of place in a landscape design that was done almost 25 years earlier by Raymond Jungles. He has since become internationally acclaimed for his work, including the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and rooftop garden at the New World Center.Not a bad pun!
The couple thought of asking for Jungles’ help landscaping around the beige metal box, but they were warned that because the generator’s temperature can reach 250 degrees, plants wouldn’t survive within three feet of it.
Then they imagined building a wall around it. But that would only make the box seem bigger and block more of their view.
So instead of camouflaging it, they decided to make it stand out as a piece of fine art. “We wanted to work outside the box itself and make it a ‘canvas,’ ” explains Seitz.
And a win-win:
“I like that we’d already filled our walls with prints and paintings, and this gave us an unexpected place to display our fine art,” Greer says.Exactly!
I did the same with my dog, turning that mangy mutt into a wonderfully expressive example of cubism (it's a real head turner on Lincoln Road).
Oh, and I converted my kid's school bus into a colorful celebration of learning!
Art truly is everywhere if you look for it.